Ether 12:27

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness.
I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my
grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me;
for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me,
then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
-Ether 12:27

Thursday, January 23, 2014

God really prepares the people here for his missionaries......

Hermana Lourdes, Hermana Graciela, and my companion Hermana Camacho



View of the Mountains of Cuenca


Hello all!
Dad I would like to tell you that I would gladly have watched the football game with you on Sunday. Hopefully it turned out well. That was one of my favorite things to do on Sundays with you! But Sundays here are crazy. Literally nuts. The hardest hours of the entire part of my mission every week are the two hours before Church every Sunday. We are soo stressed and frazzled trying to pick up all of our investigators for church. SO stressful.
But yes thank you all so much for the peanut butter and Nutella. Mom you are right a lot of the candy was melted but the best part is for some reason everything tastes like a little taste of mint. My companion asked if all Americans liked mint with everything hahaha. Yeah but don´t worry it all is delicious!
BEN AND DANIELLE. You guys looked like rock stars in Vitality! I wish I could have seen you. I am sure you killed it. Neil and Mike it sure was good to see the pictures of your faces! I miss you guys tons and I hope all is good. I cannot believe I have been out that long. It makes me sad. I don´t want it to go by quickly! My companion has been out 15 months and she doesn´t want it to end either. She is so close to the end. Wahhhh! But one of the elders in my zone told me he thinks this is my last three weeks in Cuenca because I have been here so long. I hope he is wrong. It really is paradise here. I don´t want to leave.
I just would like to share one really great story here. I don´t know if you guys remember one of my recent converts here named Xavier Mora, but he is amazing as ever. He is so strong. And yesterday we taught an investigator in his home for family night. This investigator is golden. Really gold. Honestly. His name is Wilson Acuña and he is from Peru and is 23 years old and will eventually be able to serve a mission. He is so great. Anyway we watched the testaments for family night and afterwards Wilson bore his testimony about the Book of Mormon and I just grinned from ear to ear. He has such a firm belief of the Book of Mormon. I love it. God really prepares the people here for his missionaries. Wilson was a hidden gem and I know there are many more people prepared for us to teach about our loving Savior. Wilson is getting baptized this Saturday and I just can´t wait. I know that when we truly have faith in our savior he provides all for us. SO true. Gosh I wish I could write more but time is short.
Just remember all is good and I love my time here. I don´t want to be anywhere else.
Con muchisimas amor,
Hermana Pack

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"With these three things it is impossible to become inactive. :)"

I watched the videos of show choir and all I want to do is fly to see it just for 15 minutes Haha! I miss it and you guys looked great!! And sounded good. I am sure you are amazing because you already have placed first. I will be thinking of you guys for Linn Mar. Mom and Dad have fun with that trip. Linn Mar was one of my favorites. Man I wish I could be there.
My new companion, Hermana Camacho has 15 months in the mission, so no she is most definitely training me. haha. She is from Bogota Colombia. Which apparently is super super cold. But she has been in Guyaquil for the last 5 months and she is freezing here. Like dying. I told her it is just preparing her for when she goes home in 3 months. She has two older sisters and only one is a member and her mom is a member as well. She has been a member since she was 11. She is much younger than Hermana Espíritu. She is 22 and Hermana Espíritu was 28. So quite the difference. She talks super fast but usually I can keep up. :) 
The other day we watched the news while we were eating lunch in a restaurant and it was about the United States or in Spanish Estados Unidos and it was a whole article about how people, who were living there, that are from Ecuador are returning because it is so cold. Apparently the entire United States is freezing. Don´t worry I am just here in Paradise. Haha! But really it is great here.
Something that has been really great to see in the Ward is how much we can strengthen the people who are already members. Last night we had a meeting with our ward mission leader and the missionaries of the Ward and three out of the four ward missionaries when I got here on my mission were inactive and with a couple lessons now are super active and bringing the church forward. It is great. I just wanted to cry last night. They all are such great people. I am so excited with what this new year is looking like. God really does have a plan for everyone. It is just great to see how it all plays out.
Anyway I love you all tons and I am super sorry that I am not able to write more. But I hope you all have a great week! And remember to read your scriptures, say your prayers, and attend Church. With these three things it is impossible to become inactive. :)
Love you,
PS- Guess what I got!! Your Christmas box!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Días"

A tradition of New Years eve is to make a doll of yourself in your clothes and set it on fire at midnight. hahaha this is Luis Zhizhpon and his Moñeco. It is exactly like him!! LOVE IT!

They´re masks for their moñecos!

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to write a full hour.
Me and Teresa and Alejandro Cajamaca!
Life sure it good here. Having a new companion has been extremely stressful..... Especially because she doesn´t know the area at all. But, it definitely has been a learning experience.

Everyone at the baptism of Cesar Ramón!! 
Mom, sorry but we are writing in a new location and because of this I wasn´t able to view the videos of Vitality.... But Danielle and Ben I am sure you were amazing! I wish I could see you. I love you both tons and I am so glad that the Pack family is still a part of the good ole show choir tradition. Man I love show choir!
Neil your hamsters are adorable!!!! I Love love love their names. hahahahaha hopefully Coal the cat doesn't eat them before I get home. hahahaha
Mom, sorry I never got the package you sent after Thanksgiving. But a lot of other people still haven't gotten theirs.... SO I still have hope and faith. But I am stoked to get the other package that you just sent. Missionary life is so good here. I love Cuenca.
They have corn in Cuenca :)
Outside the house of Hermana Mejia! 
I think this part of the world is perfect. Seriously though.
Mom, to answer your question as to what weird things I am eating.... Not really anything too abnormal. I mean the other day I ate fish head soup and learned how to make it, so that is exciting. And totally delicious haha. But other than that just a whole heck of a lot of rice!
This week with my new companion has been so successful and so good. I think the switch up was really good. It has also been super super stressful. Before I would only have Hermana Espíritu talk on the phone and do practically everything, but this week all of the phone talking was me and all of the planning was me because I know the people and she doesn't yet. I also had a baptism this last week of César Ramón and believe me the amount of stress I felt was overwhelming. I planned on sleeping today because of the lack of sleep and the amount stress I had last week. But it all went well and he is now a member of "La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Días"
The way that we came in contact with him was that we were teaching a girl in the farmers market and César came up to us and asked if we were vending bibles and we told him that we weren't but that we did have a message for him and the next visit gave him a Book of Mormon and he accepted a date for baptism. Yeah such a great convert! Such an amazing guy. 
Lastly, there is something that I would love to share with all of you. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ blesses families. I know that when a family receives the teachings of Christ in their lives they receive blessings that they couldn´t even imagine. I know that when a person receives Christ in their life and exercises their faith in him through repentance and forgiveness for their sins through baptism they are a light for all of those they know.
I know that God blesses those who endure to the end through obedience to ALL of the commandments of Christ. God gives us commandments to complete. I am so grateful for this knowledge and I am grateful for our Father in Heaven we are so blessed to be on this earth. I know without a single doubt in my heart that God blesses those who complete his words and commandments. I know this all to be so true and I can see it testified here in Ecuador every day.
I love you all so much and appreciate your prayers. My Spanish has gotten significantly better and I can´t wait for you all to hear it one day. 
Hermana Pack